“A Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sexuality.” Is what the dictionary stated as a definition of anime. Whenever the word anime, nowadays, comes up, it immediately clicks in your mind. All due to its popularity reaching even the deepest parts of the world, entertaining them. It got to the point that Youtube channels do reaction of either anime, episodes, or their songs.
Based on that technical term placed above, let’s take a glance at it from a general population perspective. Japanese animation or in short anime tends to either be hand-drawn or computer-generated in the style of art. Anime is often mistaken for cartoon, however, it is rather distinct from Japanese cartoons in style, plot, and characteristics. Mostly, anime lurks in the funky, colorful, extraordinary sense of fashion and style concerning characters.
Delving Deeper Into Anime :
One of the most important studio in the anime industry is Production I.G. In fact, this said studio worked hard to make anime such as Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass, and Guilty Crown. To get a clearer idea on how deep the anime industry goes and, let’s see what it takes to make an anime.
We all judge anime based on the plot, art, and characters, right? We tend to neglect how much hard work these people put into making this anime alive and animated in the best ways possible. Everything just seems simple, just like the process of creating an anime, one fight scene. At first, there is always a person who draws the characters’ designs, which portrays the place where characters come alive, along with their expressions, in a way. Then, those sketches make their way to illustrators, prepare them for digitization. That process goes by tracing over the sketches with a hard graphite pencil. Once it registers in the system, the characters and background get colored. That is done with eight different frames before merging them back together to form a scene.
In this stage, which will be everyone’s favorite is when the project finally merges with its last stages. That being when the Seiyuus, voice actors, come in place and grace the animated characters’ mouths. Concerning the latter, it normally occurs before finishing the anime, allowing artists to draw the main expressions to match everything. However, sometimes voice acting comes a bit late, rendering a bit of an awkward gap between the voice and the animation. Now, a technique used to avoid that called looping reduces costs, allowing for the animations to talk in a fixed loop, matching the audio.
Bases of Anime :
Another important point is manga and mangakas. This is a rather obvious point, but it is worth mentioning. Most anime tend to have a manga of their own, which makes things a lot easier to animate and base on. Despite that, some manga have a less appealing drawings than those of the anime, which makes the viewer search for the better-looking part of the anime/manga.
The Evolution of Anime :
Thanks to Astroboy, which is considered a pioneer due to being the first anime booming throughout the world. Anime art styles bloomed and developed greatly post-war Japan. Dating back in 1960s, Japan had a thing for pointy noses, really huge eyes, darkened blush, and puffy hairstyles. Years after years, the art style blossomed amazingly, smoothing out the edges, giving better shades whenever needed, and better animations.
Astroboy was not the only anime that blew up the Japanese industry and its culture. In fact, there are multiple anime that are, till this day, still loved and adored. These anime are well-known, such as Naruto, Dragon Ball, One Piece, and many others. These are considered as, also, the pioneers of Japanese anime, as their definition would be childhood anime!